Player Notes - Minnesota and Cleveland
Minnesota
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Joe Mauer1BThe Twins will hire Paul Molitor as their next manager, according to Patrick Reusse of 1500ESPN.He was the favorite and will take over Ron Gardenhire. Molitor will be the third manager in franchise history.11/1/2014 12:05:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe underwent surgery to repair his fractured left forearm according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.Plouffe originally thought he wasn't going to need the surgery, but a second opinion convinced him to receive it. He should be ready for spring training.9/29/2014 5:33:00 PM
Joe Mauer1BTwins first baseman Joe Mauer is not a good fantasy start on the last day of the season.Not many are against Tigers pitcher David Price, but Mauer is just 3-for-20 against Price in his career. One of those hits is a double while Mauer also has two RBI, four walks and six strikeouts against the Tiger lefty.9/28/2014 9:53:00 AM
Tommy MiloneSPTwins starter Tommy Milone threw a scoreless inning in his return to the mound on Saturday.Milone had not pitched since Sept. 2 due to shoulder fatigue and a neck injury. He did not receive another start, but the scoreless inning is encouraging. Milone finishes the year with a 6-4 record and 4.19 ERA in 118 innings.9/28/2014 9:18:00 AM
Brian Dozier2BTwins second baseman Brian Dozier goes 2-for-6 with a homer Saturday versus Detroit.It was his 23rd of the year, and now is hitting .244/.347/.419 with 71 RBI. Dozier has made for great value for fantasy owners in 2014.9/27/2014 10:42:00 PM
Eduardo EscobarSS/3BTwins infielder Eduardo Escobar has monster night.Not only did he hit his sixth homer rof the year, but Escobar also had six RBI on a 4-for-5 night. Not a bad way to end a season.9/27/2014 10:40:00 PM
Ricky NolascoSPTwins starter Ricky Nolasco wins sixth game of season.In his final start of 2014, Nolasco went six innings, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks, and struck out six. It has not been a good year, however (6-12, 5.38 ERA). Nolasco will look to rebound in 2015.9/27/2014 10:38:00 PM
Phil HughesSPTwins starter Phil Hughes turned down an opportunity to pitch this weekend to reach his 210 innings quota and earn a $500,000 bonus according to MLB.com.That's a head scratcher. Hughes pitched eight innings on Tuesday before the game was stopped due to rain, which ultimately left Hughes 1/3 inning short of 210 on the season. Minnesota offered to let him pitch this weekend to receive the bonus, but he turned it down. If you really don't need the money Hughes, I'll take a half a million bucks. In all seriousness, Hughes has been excellent this year, posting a 16-10 record with a 3.52 ERA and 186 strikeouts versus just 16 walks.9/25/2014 5:00:00 PM
Trevor Plouffe3BTwins third baseman Trevor Plouffe tweeted on Thursday that he will not need surgery to repair his fractured left forearm.Plouffe broke his forearm on Wednesday when A.J. Pollock's leg hit his arm on a slide at third base. He will not need surgery but will be in a cast for six-to-eight weeks. We expect him to be fine for spring training next year.9/25/2014 4:20:00 PM
Kurt SuzukiCIt is a small sample size, but Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki is a career .400 (4-for-10) hitter against Tigers starting pitcher Max Scherzer.The catcher also has a home run in his 10 at-bats. Prior to his 0-for-3 on Tuesday, Suzuki had hits in his previous nine games.9/25/2014 10:32:00 AM


Cleveland
 PlayerPos.DescriptionInsightDate
Mike AvilesSSThe Indians are expected to exercise their 2015 option on Mike Aviles according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.Indians general manager Chris Antonetti was undecided about Aviles' $3.5 million option a few weeks ago, but the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports Antonetti is leaning towards bringing him back. Aviles hit .247 and played six different positions in 2014.10/22/2014 11:30:00 PM
T.J. HouseSPIndians starter T.J. House allowed one run over five innings in the season finale to beat the Rays, 7-2.House allowed just five hits on the day, including Sean Rodriguez' solo home run. That was the lone run House allowed all day. He finishes 2014 with a 5-3 record with 3.35 ERA in 102 innings.9/28/2014 6:12:00 PM
HotMichael BrantleyLFIndians left fielder Michael Brantley is not in the starting lineup on Sunday.That's too bad. Brantley has had a career year but was three RBI away from 100. He still hit the 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases marks though.9/28/2014 10:22:00 AM
HotMichael BrantleyLFIndians left fielder Michael Brantley recorded his 200th hit of the season in a loss to the Rays on Saturday.Brantley is the first Indian to reach the 200-hit plateau in single season since Kenny Lofton did it in 1996. Brantley is also the first Indian to have 200 hits, 20 home runs, 40 doubles, and 20 stolen bases in one season. In addition, he is sitting with 97 RBI with a game to go.9/28/2014 9:14:00 AM
Carlos CarrascoSPIndians starter Carlos Carrasco pitches well in loss Saturday.He went 7 2/3 innings against Tampa Bay, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk, while striking out 10. Carrasco has been fantastic of late, and finishes 2014 at 8-7 with a 2.55 ERA. He will be a sleeper next season in fantasy drafts.9/27/2014 9:03:00 PM
Jose RamirezSSIndians shortstop Jose Ramirez hit a solo home run that proved to be the difference as Cleveland defeated Tampa Bay, 1-0, on Friday.Ramirez's homer came in the second at-bat of the bottom of the first and proved to be the only run of the game. That was all Corey Kluber would need as he threw eight shut out innings. Ramirez is batting .249 with two home runs and 16 RBI in 229 at-bats this season.9/26/2014 9:52:00 PM
HotCorey KluberSPIndians pitcher Corey Kluber threw eight shutout innings with 11 strikeouts and two walks to win his 18th game of the season.With Felix Hernandez allowing eight runs in his final start of the year, Kluber caps off a wonderful year with this masterful start and may have moved in front of King Felix for the American League Cy Young award. Kluber is 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA and 269 strikeouts in 235 2/3 innings. He leads the AL in strikeouts, is tied for the lead in wins, is second in innings and third in ERA.9/26/2014 9:45:00 PM
Yan GomesCIndians catcher Yan Gomes hits 21st dinger of 2014.He got the scoring started in the first, with a three-run shot off Royals' starter Jason Vargas. Gomes has been an uner-the-radar player, as he is hitting .282 with 74 RBI.9/24/2014 10:36:00 PM
Jason Kipnis2BCleveland second baseman Jason Kipnis is out for Wednesday's game against Kansas City with tightness in right hamstring.Even when he's in the lineup he's been a DH due to the injury. The second baseman has been disappointing this season, hitting .241 with six home runs, and 41 RBI after a 17- homer, 84 RBI, 2013 season.9/24/2014 3:51:00 PM
HotMichael BrantleyLFIndians left fielder Michael Brantley went 2-for-4 in the loss against the Royals on Tuesday.Brantley continued his hot September, in which he is batting .419 with 12 runs and 12 RBI. His OPS for the month is 1.037. Brantley is hitting .327 with 20 home runs and 97 RBI for the season.9/23/2014 10:18:00 PM